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welcome to the start of the blog…. June 1, 2010

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One of the courses I most enjoy teaching is one about Women’s and Feminist Activism. In this class we explore a variety of means of engaging in activism from high-profile, persistent, national and/or transnational projects to those engaged in on an individual level on a one-time basis. During the course students are asked to participate in activist projects to gain greater insight into the myriad ways in which activism can occur and the benefits and challenges of engaging in activism.

In preparation for the Summer 2010 section of this course, I have decided to begin a blog on which I will post information about some of the feminist activities in which I have been engaging on a daily basis, providing some background information as time and interest permits. My hope is to draw attention to some of the organizations and people who inform and inspire my own work to eradicate sexism and all forms of oppression, and perhaps to inspire others to intentionally engage in activities that improve the quality of life for all.

On this first day, I will highlight California NOW’s Monday Action Checklist http://www.canow.org/canoworg/2010/06/mondays-action-checklist.html The checklist provides some brief background information and links to activist resources for several issues of likely interest to feminists – sometimes with a California focus, but more often of national/transnational interest.

This week California NOW draws attention to several issues of interest, but I was especially interested in their attention to the MomsRising.org campaign to support the Paycheck Fairness Act. The following link provides an easy mean to ask your senators to support the act – http://action.momsrising.org/cms/letter/fairpay_5-28-10/?akid=2130.239772.mHVXUg&rd=1&t=6 I sent the message off my to senators, but did so with much more background knowledge than was provided in the easy link. For more on the Paycheck Fairness Act, see

HR.12 Paycheck Fairness Acthttp://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h111-12

OpenCongress http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-s182/show

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